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ManSpace: A Primal Guide to Marking Your Territory Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 3, 2006
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"The greatest thing that author Sam Martin does with "Manspace: A Primal Guide to Marking Your Territory" is provide what should be inspiration not only to men but also to women. He shows how orderly, clever and downright beautiful a "manspace" can be, and that should appeal to women, who so often exercise veto power over male habitats. And to men, this book offers a collection of possibilities so broad and enticing that a guy may be tempted to let her have the rest of the property -- who cares? Just in case it's a hard sell, however, Martin, former editor of This Old House and Mother Earth News magazines, offers persuasion strategies for men.--Chicago Tribune
Whether it's a bachelor pad or a McMansion, a man's home is his and his alone--until his significant other moves in. At that point or quickly thereafter, the living room Barcalounger is relegated to the basement or donated to charity. Motorcycle posters are replaced by impressionist prints. Baby nurseries and sewing and laundry rooms usurp TV rooms. Cigar smoking is banned. Ditto for bowling trophies, pinball machines and baseball card collections. Oh, men are still allowed in the home, but their bachelor decor is history, and their manly territory transformed...At 218 pages, "Manspace" is about those spaces men have staked out for themselves. Some are elegantly designed, others are uniquely handmade. --Detroit News
There was a time when a man knew his place in the home. And usually, it was in the garage. But, you know, things have a way of changing. First women get to vote and now, apparently, men are clamoring for a sanctuary to call their own inside the actual house. In extreme cases, this can lead to rooms like the "Man Cave" at the 2006 Seattle Street of Dreams a manly underground retreat, part wine cellar, part sports bar, part nuclear-bomb bunker. And, of course, it can lead to a book."Manspace: A Primal Guide to Marking Your Territory," by Sam Martin (The Taunton Press, $24.95), is a virtual showcase of real men's special spaces.--Sandy Dunham, Seattle Times
Playpens for men. Yeah, we're fine with the blurred gender roles of modern times. But we still beat our chests over Sam Martin's book Manspace: A Primal Guide to Marking Your Territory (Taunton Press, Oct. 17). The guys whose personal space is explored in its photos don't settle for the basement or garage.--Christian Science Monitor
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What this book does is fill the gap of a man's need for sacred space. This space is different for all of us. The author Sam Martin has basically divided the book into five different sections, actually six. The first section is an overview of the concept of what the author is trying to achieve. The next five sections are the author's attempt to identify five different types of space.
The sections are 1) Collecting, 2) Entertaining, 3) Playing, 4) Sporting, and 5) Working. So here's the deal. This book is for men only, or a lady might purchase it as a gift for a man. Women are not going to love this book, it is a man's book, and men should buy this book for themselves.
Here's why you want this book if you are a man. Have you ever dreamed what it would be like if you could take a room in your home, or perhaps a cottage, and turn it into what ever your dream tells you to do. Perhaps as a child you loved fishing with your father. Now you have a chance to create a room with the most beautiful fishing gear. The type of equipment that as a child you could only dream about.
In my own case, as a child I dreamed of becoming an astronomer.Read more ›
Let's face it, any man soon learns, right after marriage, that the house belongs to the womenfolk. And there's no place for your neon lighted beer sign, keep your feet off the coffee table, and take that awful picture down.
My own thing was reloading ammunition. First you go shooting. Then you get some lead, melt it down, cast it into bullets, polish the brass, put in a new primer, power and crimp the bullet into place.
Like any hobby, after a few years you wind up with all kinds of equipment to do each special task. And there's all kinds of different powder, bullets, cases, gun cleaning equipment and just plain stuff. Wife is welcome to visit, especially if she brings beer. My seven year old daughter is welcome to visit at any time for any length of time, especially to sit on my lap as we reload together. Time spent with your seven year old on your lap is time very well spent indeed.
I don't want to do what most of the people in this book want to do, but that's OK. It's space away from the house. It's a little bit of the world where I can make a mess, I'll sweep it up eventually. You probably need a space like this also.
Now, where can I find one of those table lamps shaped like a woman's leg, wearing a high heel shoe and fishnet stocking like the one shown on the cover?
This book will start you thinking. Do you want a poker room, a place to display your fishing tackle, or a media room? How about a painting studio, a pool room, or a media room that looks like the inside of Star Trek's Enterprise? The book also features a music recording studio, an observatory, and an office patterned after a cabin in Wyoming. There are lots of photos showing more than fifty manspaces.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Heinlein once wrote: "Sovereign ingredient for a happy marriage: ... See to it that she has her own desk - then keep your hands off it!" -- well, it also works for men. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by Daniel
Got this book for my husband actually, 'A Space of Her Own' for me at our architect's recommendation. I hated my book, loved his. Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by Erin S. Contour
Full of attractive illustrations and inspiration to help you get started on your own "Manspace"! This is my 5th or 6th copy. I keep giving them to friends. Read morePublished on November 9, 2010 by Budan
i wanted this book a year or 2 ago but never bought it. im not sure why, but i just didnt. when i saw it on here, i decided it was time to buy the book i had wanted years before. Read morePublished on May 20, 2010 by bobx
I bought this book for my brother, he's in the Army. He is the commanding officer of the Army Rangers training school in Georgia. Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by Amazon Customer
This book is very enjoyable. I purchased it for my husband. He likes it a lot. It has tons of photos and interesting stories about each man's space. Read morePublished on May 24, 2008 by C. Morey
An excellent book, long overdue. I highly recommend; you will enjoy.Published on April 5, 2007 by Garrett Lowell